Category Archives: Social Studies

John Muir – Conserving Day!

We have had another wonderful day outdoors in our local community for the CONSERVE part of our John Muir award. First, we collected litter in the park and field next to our school to conserve the environment there. P5 couldn’t believe it when our litter weighed a stone! We were shocked and will now encourage other not to drop litter. Then, P5 returned to the river. While there, we learned about Native, Non-native and invasive species and their impact on habitat. We also learned how dangerous some plants can be.

P5 want to say a huge thanks to Sam, our ranger, for being so full of knowledge and enthusiasm. It has really helped  to focus on the importance of being kind to our world. P5 showed great respect outdoor and should be so incredibly proud of themselves…they have even managed to convince Miss McKay that the outdoors are not so scary after all.

Catch up with P7

P7 finished off visiting Africa with cracking open a coconut and trying some foods from Africa – lychees, bananas (fairtrade of course), coconut and watermelon.

Last week P7 visited South America and created Mola artwork (artwork to be shared soon!) This involved cutting and layering paper to produce different patterns.  We finished the week looking at foods from South America and tried mango, papaya (we read a story about a boy called Pele from Brazil who sold papayas), avocado and honeydew melon. The mango was definitely the favourite!

Last week was the P7 Spring Fling at Dunbar Primary. Everyone had a great night making new friends and dancing. We’re looking forward to the other transition events coming up.

This week P7 have moved on to fractions in maths. We went outside to create fraction walls using sticks.  We are visiting North America this week and have continued with our Mola artwork. We have began story writing in Literacy and the children have enjoyed creating their own characters for their stories. This Friday is our last session of Level 1 Bikeability before we begin Level 2 on the roads after the Easter Holidays.

Plastic Bottle Support!

 41 plastic bottles of water saved for another occasion on Friday thanks to our P1-3 families. We are encouraging families to leave their packed lunch plastic bottle if they don’t need it.

Well done everyone what a great start!

Planning for Assessment

At our staff session on Tuesday we looked at Planning for Assessment – sharing our good practice and supporting each other

P7 Visit the Scottish Parliament

On Monday P7 went to visit the Scottish Parliament as part of our topic ‘Who Represents us?’ This consisted of a workshop exploring how the Parliament came about and a tour around the building. This we loved as we got to go into the committee room and sit in the chairs that Nicola Sturgeon sits in and use the microphones! We took part in a quiz and the adult group came first! (though were disqualified due to competitiveness sadly)

P7’s WW1 Street Party

This week P7 have completed their topic of WW1. On Friday, we invited our parents to join us for a WW1 street party to celebrate the end of WW1. We shared our newspapers that we had wrote about the end of the war, our propaganda posters and our soldier portraits. We decorated the classroom in a street party style and made bunting, banners and party hats. We brought in some food to complete our party and played WW1 style games with our parents. We then got our parents to try our WW1 quiz on the laptops. Some questions were a bit tricky!